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After Hours: In Harmony

Hank Stelzer is member of Columbia-based barbershop chorus

Last Saturday, a man who had been singing for less than a year took the stage before a packed ballroom in Jefferson City and performed songs for the crowd in a straw hat, bowtie, and suspenders. That man is state forestry extension specialist for the School of Natural Resources at Mizzou, Hank Stelzer, who has recently become a part of…

Like Son

Two CAFNR students have a unique bond

This May, senior Kenton Daniel (KD) Bohon will graduate with a degree in Agricultural Systems Management. Next December, so will his son. There was a time when 44-year-old KD was attending college with students his own age. About 25 years ago, after graduating high school, KD attended the University of Central Missouri for his freshman year, and then Truman State…

After Hours: Volunteering Unleashed

Caitlin Carr volunteers with the Spay and Neuter Project in Columbia

Caitlin Carr has always loved animals. Growing up, Caitlin found her love for animals when her family took in her uncle’s dog, Gretta, after he moved and could no longer keep her. “That poor dog probably got tired of me smothering it with hugs,” says Caitlin, the business manager in the Division of Applied Social Sciences. “Something about animals and their unconditional love and their innocent nature drew me…

After Hours: (Teach You How To) Sing the Blues

Animal Sciences assistant professor uses music to teach history

Not long ago, Columbia was segregated. Reminders can be found throughout the city. From a plaque on the side of the Missouri Theater describing their former segregated policies beneath the words “Lest We Forget. Never Again!” in bold letters, to Eliot Battle Elementary, named after a man who helped to integrate Columbia public schools. Reminders of this American past can…

Great Wines and Whiskey Begin in Missouri White Oak Forests

Missouri rolls out the barrels for spirits industry

Many of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys begin in Missouri’s hardwood forests. University of Missouri Extension forester Hank Stelzer shared Missouri’s role in wine and spirit production during the recent White Oak, Whiskey & Wine tour. Due to popular demand and positive reviews, Stelzer plans to make it an annual event. Tourgoers visited the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area at…

A ‘Global Journey’

CAFNR alumnus finds path to success in nation's capital

Bob Dixon will never forget the words from an Allied Corporation official after seeing his research for the first time. “I’ve got money burning holes in my pockets,” the executive said. “How do we sponsor this research at the University of Missouri?” Shortly thereafter Dixon, a soon-to-graduate master’s student in forestry in the spring of 1979, agreed to a contract…

‘A Source of Inspiration’

Biochemistry alumnus shows appreciation for former professor by establishing endowed scholarship in his name

“I choose you as my advisor.” The words came out of Kamal Yadav with conviction as he re-entered the office of George Garner. Yadav arrived in Columbia the day before when he had stepped off a Greyhound bus on at the corner of Hitt and Broadway at 1 a.m. He had spent a large portion of his day trodding up…

Biology and Beer

CAFNR researcher leads weekly conversations of evolutionary genetics in informal setting

On early Thursday evenings at the Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia, one can always listen to a wide variety of rock songs while sipping his or her favorite beer – but it’s the conversations generated that are sweetest song to Tim Beissinger at the weekly sessions known as “Detox.” An adjunct professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and…

Going Forward

CAFNR’s division directors keep College true to its mission

Let’s make a circle. That was the suggestion of Marc Linit, interim Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, when figuring out how the current CAFNR administrative leadership team could meet with one of his possible successors during an interview session. “I said to him, ‘From where I sit, this is one of the…

From Idea to Reality

Bioengineering graduate student unveils new dermatological laser technique discovered four years ago with former MU colleague

When working in the laboratory, Paul J.D. Whiteside has a few favorite sayings to help him through the trials and tribulations of his endeavors. The first one that comes to his mind? “I’d rather be lucky than good.” “It’s something that my granddad says and my dad says it, too,” says Whiteside, a third-year doctoral candidate in bioengineering who works in…